The City of Alameda adopts an annual Legislative Agenda to guide the City’s legislative advocacy efforts during the year. By adopting a Legislative Agenda, both staff and the City Council are able to react quickly to most legislative issues as they arise and ensure there is a formal City position on a variety of legislative matters. Having a Legislative Agenda in place also allows the City to continue to engage in legislative efforts that impact the City should they be placed on the ballot for voters to consider. The most recent Legislative Agenda (attached)(PDF, 450KB) was adopted by the City Council in 2020.
The City works with Brownstein Hyatt Farber and Schreck and Akerman LLP for State and Federal lobbying needs.
At the State level, over the last year our lobbyists worked with staff to send approximately 100 support letters from the City on legislation supported in the City's annual legislative agenda. During the COVID-19 pandemic, they represent the City's needs when COVID related funding proposals are addressed. They are also working on amending the surplus lands act that may have a negative impact on Alameda Point development.
At the Federal level, our lobbyists are focused on three main issues. First, we continue to seek funding for the VA medical facility and columbarium construction, that will be located at Alameda Point. Second, we are working with the US Army Corps of Engineers on funding for a study to determine the cost of removing the Fruitvale Avenue rail bridge. And third, we are working to identify and secure funding for the City from COVID-19 relief bills.
Please contact Sarah Henry, Communications & Legislative Affairs Officer, with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.